Come join the ranger team and the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust every Sunday for our regular working bees, or turn up to one of our large public planting days with Trees for Canterbury.

Charlesworth planting; photo Aaron Campbell.

Regular working bees are held every Sunday, plus we hold huge community planting gala days in autumn and spring, with Trees for Canterbury(external link).


Meet at the Charlesworth Wetland car park, located on Charlesworth Street, Brookhaven.

What to bring

  • Appropriate clothing for any weather: sunhat, warm jacket and raincoat
  • Sturdy footwear or gumboots
  • Personal work gloves
  • Tools, sunscreen and gloves are supplied.

What you can expect to do

Charlesworth Reserve’s habitat is a restoration of tidal wetland and surrounding coastal shrub land and forest. This is an important habitat for native wetland birds and will become increasingly important as a habitat for bush birds, lizards and native insects as the vegetation matures.

Over 100,000 trees, shrubs and marsh plants have been planted at this site - volunteers play a major role in caring for these as well as establishing further habitat.

During autumn, winter and spring work is mainly focused around planting, weeding and mulching whilst the summer work is mainly weeding, watering and litter removal.


For further information contact Andrew Crossland on 027 434 1155 or or just come to Charlesworth Reserve any Sunday afternoon and say hi to the very friendly and informal team.

Volunteer day dates and times

Date Time  Activity
Summer hours: Sundays, between 30 September to 31 March 2018 3pm to 5pm Regular working bee
Winter hours: Sundays, 1 April to 29 September 2018 2pm to 4pm Regular working bee
Charlesworth Reserve community planting day Sunday 19 May, 10am A community planting day in association with Trees for Canterbury and Christchurch City Council rangers